Friday, January 8th, 2021

6-Pack of Things To Do: Friday January 8 2020

Ron Swarner


6-Pack of Things To Do: Friday January 8 2020

While most holiday light shows have gone dark, Tacoma Light Trail remains a bright spot in the local art world. Check it out and other ideas in today’s 6-Pack of Things To Do. Cheers!

TACOMA LIGHT TRAIL: More than 30 artists, arts organizations, businesses and downtown spaces have joined the Tacoma Light Trail, a brilliant display of both light and sound. The art ranges from projection mapping to video, illuminated sculpture and sheer blasts of light is visible in more than 20 locations, including Alma Mater. “Here at Alma Mater, alone, we have three pieces we’re proud to share. Currently displayed are two pieces by Steve Laberge, with more to come in the coming week,” writes Rev. Adam McKinney on Alma Mater’s blog. Laberge’s Tacoma Light Trail art installation The TVs is pictured. An accompanying Sound Trail pairs local music, poetry or sound with each light location on the Echoes mobile app. 5-9 p.m., though Jan. 24, 2021, free, photo by Sierra Hartman

BEER FLIGHT: Swedes Karl Grandin and Henok Fentie are fancy. Their beer is fancy, thanks to homebrewer turn mad scientist Fentie. Their label art is fancy, thanks to visual artist Grandin. They don’t brew much in Sweden, but they travel to fancy lands to brew their creative brews, many times with collaborating breweries. Since they founded Omnipollo in 2011, they keep a constantly curious, razor-sharp and fancy approach to everything they do. Today, we look at what fancy brewers can do in our to-go beer flight, Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Omnipollo on the Fly. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma

RECYCLING: Peaks bartender Justin J. Johnson loves elderflower-infused drinks. He would make daily trips to his household glass recycling bin. Like many of us, J3 is frustrated by the recycling changes. Residential curbside glass recycling ended Jan. 4. Thankfully, Central Co-op Tacoma has J3 and everyone else covered. The North Tacoma store has a designated glass recycling site, and their big, purple bin is ready for J3’s rapidly-accumulating elderflower glass collection. Drop off your glass, and pick up some grocery goodness from small, local, farms and producers. 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., 4502 N Pearl St, Tacoma

SHARKS!: The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives are open with new health and safety protocols. Hang out with more than a dozen sharks — nurse sharks, sandbar sharks, tiger shark, zebra shark, silvery crevalle jack — learn about their biology, and how to protect them. Dive experts will share the basic of breathing air while underwater and guide guests into a cage submerged in warm water with the sharks. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, $210-$255 for four people from the same household

RAFFLE: In terms of risk-to-reward ratio, the Hoppy Holiday Food Drive Raffle is tops. A non-perishable food item enters you in a drawing for sweet local brewery swag. No, seriously. Every time you drop food into the Emergency Food Network bins at 7 Seas, E9, Grit City Ciderhouse, Narrows, Odd Otter, Sig, Wet Coast, and Wingman today you’ll receive a raffle ticket for the drawing at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 on Peaks and Pints Facebook Live. Donate Kashi Cracker, get glassware. Donate Chex Mix Trail Mix, get a bottle opener. Donate Quaker Oatmeal On-The-Go Bars, get a slap can koozie. Today marks the last day you can donate to help decrease hunger in Pierce County.

FILM: Based on the groundbreaking memoir by 13-year-old author Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump documentary uses an immersive, impressionistic approach to chronicle the rich inner lives of non-speaking autistic people from India, Britain, the U.S., and Sierra Leone. Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell draws empathic portraits of his subjects and their families, and then, in a visually sumptuous artistic flourish, he interweaves their experiences with images of a young Japanese boy playing on a stormy coast. All the while, narrated passages from Naoki’s book describe the way in which he perceives the world around him. Stream it on The Grand Cinema’s Virtual Screening Room.

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